Vision (spirituality)

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This page is about visions in a spiritual context. For other meanings, see vision (disambiguation).
Illumination from Liber Scivias, showing Hildegard of Bingen receiving a vision, dictating to her scribe and sketching on a wax tablet.

Vision is that which is seen in a dream, trance, or religious ecstasy, especially a supernatural appearance that usually conveys a revelation.[1] Visions generally have more clarity than dreams, but traditionally fewer psychological connotations. Visions are known to emerge from spiritual traditions and could provide a lens into human nature and reality.[2] Prophecy is often associated with visions.

In simple words, it is a spiritual experience in which the experience can be seen and hence it is called a vision. According to Sufism, vision is the mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form.[3] In Islamic mysticism, vision is often referred to as 'Deedar'(Arabic: {{{1}}}‎) or 'deedar-e-elahi' or 'deedar-e-khuda'(vision of God). The Muslim prayers were made obligatory for the vision of God.[4]

Vision, however, is connected to human subjectivity and it is the inward experience of the soul because "deedar" literally means 'decision' or 'view'. Whether sleeping or awake, it is the subjective perception or intuition. William Chittick, 'vision' takes place at the level of 'thought' which accroding to Rumi is identical with 'imagination.

Examples of visions[edit]

Visions are listed in approximately chronological order whenever possible, although some dates may be in dispute.

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  2. ^ Ferrer, J.N. Toward a participatory vision of human spirituality. ReVision 24(2): 15. 2001.
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  4. ^ Sult̤ān Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. Sultan Bahoo: The Life and Teachings. Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications. ISBN 978-9-699-79518-3. 

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